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Sources said the producers of the movie are trying to cover some lost ground by making the release of the controversial movie during the Republic Day weekend.

After weeks of heated controversies, Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial ‘Padmavati’ – re-titled ‘Padmavat’ – has finally cleared all the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) tests and is expected to be released on January 25.

According to sources in Viacom18 Motion Pictures, “The film is releasing on January 25. There is no clarity when the official statement will be out regarding this.”

Sources further said the producers of the movie are trying to cover some lost ground through the release of the controversial movie on January 25 – during the long Republic Day weekend. However, the movie will face a tough competition from Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Padman’.

And while there is no official word on the release of the movie as yet, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar claimed to be not worried about the possible face-off with Padmavat.

“It is not about competition. It is a very big day, a big week, so all the films can come, both the films can release on that day. Every film has the right to release whenever they want, and I am happy for them,” said Kumar.

Prerna Arora, the producer of ‘Padman’, said, “We are coming with ‘Padman’ on January 25, we are not nervous or worried about the clash. We are confident about our film. I think two big films can come together. If the film is good it will do well commercially irrespective of a clash. We are happy for ‘Padmavat’ (release).”

‘Padmavati’, which was scheduled to be released on December 1, got mired in controversy following various Rajput groups alleging that it distorts the history of the region. And as intense protests spread across Rajasthan, the release of the film got delayed, waiting for censor’s clearance till now.

Earlier on December 28, the censor board declared to give a go-ahead to the Sanjay Leela Bansali directorial with a U/A certificate. However, the censor board said it will be issuing the certificate only after the much talked-about period drama makes certain modifications which include 26 cuts and the change of the title to ‘Padmavat’.

According to an official of the CBFC, “The film was approached with balanced view keeping in mind both the filmmakers and society. Considering complexities and concerns around the film the requirement for a special panel was felt by CBFC to add perspective to the final decision.”

Further mentioning that the film was reviewed by a special panel made by the CBFC, comprising of historians, the official added, “Special panel consisted of Arvind Singh from Udaipur, Dr Chandramani Singh and Professor KK Singh of Jaipur University. Panel member had insights and also some reservations regarding claimed historical events and socio-cultural aspects which were duly discussed at length.”

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